Kelly Rowland, who began performing with Beyoncé Knowles in 1990 at the tender age of just 9, in the Houston-based group ‘Girl’s Tyme’, made a confession while mentoring singer Chris Sebastian during Tuesday’s episode of The Voice Australia.
Chris, who is younger brother of The Voice mentor and pop star Guy Sebastian, admitted to his coach, Kelly, that he felt stuck in his brother’s shadow.
Kelly made her own stunning admission – she knows what it’s like to live in the shadow of a more famous loved one.
In her case, it’s her longtime friend and former Destiny’s Child bandmate Beyoncé.
She said: “I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyoncé?”
The singer went on to reveal that she often second-guessed her own choices in an attempt to avoid comparisons between the two women.
Kelly admitted: “I would just torture myself in my head. Like, I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B. Or I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B. They’re gonna compare anyways”, she said
“I would be lying if I said no, it’s never bothered me”. Kelly continued. “There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade, where it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder”.
The multiple award winning group, Destiny’s Child, disbanded in 2006, and then reunited in 2018 for Beyoncé’s headline performance at Coachella.
Story: Ene Ken-Yawe
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